Marcus Jordan, UCF Turning Heads
Neither have the Knights.
No. 24 UCF (10-0) is coming off its second win over an in-state power, dropping Miami Saturday behind 23 points from sophomore Marcus Jordan. And though Jordan possesses star-power in name alone, he has some help in the form of leading scorer and fellow sophomore Keith Clanton.
In Clanton and Jordan, the Knights pose a solid inside-outside challenge to opponents whom, to this point, have yet to find the kryptonite.
Prior to the season's start, not much was expected from the Knights. Coming off a 15-17 season, no one could really predict the marked improvement that both Clanton and Jordan have shown in the early season. Their leading scorers from a year ago, Isaac Sosa and A.J. Tyler, have been only moderately effective this season. Tyler has missed the last six games due to injury, and Sosa has been overshadowed by the emerging sophomores.
Jordan -- whose brother Jeff is a senior at UCF and whose father, Michael, is arguably the greatest basketball player ever -- started the season on a high note, dropping 28 points in the opener. He'd been somewhat inconsistent since then, but his solid output Saturday was key in procuring another big win.
Jordan did leave Saturday's game after spraining his ankle, and his status is questionable for Wednesday's game at UMass.